Mark Little: I Just Wanted to be Valued

  • June 05, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Mark Little has labelled his second season at Bolton as a disappointment and says he never felt truly appreciated by the club or manager Phil Parkinson.

Little joined Wanderers on a free transfer from Bristol City in June 2017 following his release by Bristol City and made 31 appearances during his debut season with the Trotters, but featured just four times this past season as they were relegated to League One.

With off-field issues dominating headlines in recent months, Little kept his head down and remained focused on his job but eventually grew frustrated at his lack of game time.

He will join Bristol Rovers when his contract at the University of Bolton Stadium expires on June 30 and the 30-year-old believes the move will be the fresh start he so desperately needs.

"When I play for a manager I want him to be doing everything he can to make sure I'm running through brick walls for him," Little told The Bolton News.

"And when I play for a club, I want them to value me as a person and as an asset that they have invested in. But neither of those things happened.

"The only information we got was through the paper. I just don't understand how you can be working for someone, making them money, and yet they don't have the common decency to send you an email to tell you what is happening.

"They say it's a need to know basis and apparently we, the players, didn't need to know.

"They didn't play me or pay me in the end, I suppose.

"That first season I felt I was playing well, playing regularly. And if you look at the stats, I think we won 11 games that season, and I played in the vast majority of them.

"It was strange because I didn't play at first when I walked through the door and it was only in the middle part of that season that I really felt comfortable.

"But I believe in the end I played a big part in us staying up that season and when I came back in the summer I was looking forward to pushing on.

"The manager said I was fitter than I had been the previous summer but then he signed Pav (Pawel Olkowski) and that was that.

"I'm not angry, I'm not going to start moaning and groaning, I was just gutted that the move hadn't worked out."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
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